Business Briefs – 8/1/2008

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CSU ranks among best for undergraduate programs

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.
Academic and co-curricular programs were recognized for their quality, innovation and achievement. Schools were selected based on data the company obtained from administrators at 368 colleges and surveys of 120,000 students.
Only 15 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges were listed.

Holland & Hart receives Chevron diversity award

Holland & Hart has received the 2008 Law Firm Diversity Recognition Ward from Chevron.
Chevron will donate $5,000 in the firm’s name to the Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence.
Holland & Hart offers a $10,000 Summer Associate Diversity Scholarship for second-year law students and an Academic Year Diversity Law Clerk Program.
High-impact firms create Colorado’s jobs and growth

“High-impact” firms create new jobs and growth both nationwide and in Colorado.

A study conducted by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration shows that 7,928 of the 376,604 U.S. high-impact firms are in Colorado, which is 2.26 percent of all companies statewide.
High-impact firms are defined as those whose sales have at least doubled during a four-year period and which have an employment “growth quantifier” (the firm’s absolute change in employment multiplied by the percent change) of two or more.
For more information, or a copy of “High-Impact Firms: Gazelles Revisited,” visit www.sba.gov/advo.

CASA needs child advocates

Court Appointed Special Advocates is hosting an open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 701 S. Cascade Ave. to recruit volunteers.
No experience is necessary.
CASA trains and supervises volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have been the victims of abuse, neglect and severe domestic conflict.
For more information, call RoseMary Jaramillo at 447-9898, ext. 1008, or visit www.casappr.org.

SBA broadens Office of Business and Community Initiatives

The U.S. Small Business Administration is re-launching one of its primary entrepreneurial training divisions to broaden its focus into a one-stop shop for information about how to start, maintain or grow a small business, including an emphasis on financial literary.
The Office of Entrepreneurship Education will be a division of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, which provides small business training, counseling and access to resources.
OEE combines SBA’s online education programs, business and community initiatives and youth outreach under a single umbrella, and will serve as a federal clearinghouse for information related to small business development.
For more information, visit www.sba.gov.

Danielson Designs wins Stevie Awards

Danielson Designs has won a Stevie Award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program for companies with less than 100 employees as part of the 2008 American Business Awards.
Mark and Annie Danielson started the company during 1991.

More tips, trends and events to help small businesses succeed

SCORE has revamped its Web site, www.score.org, dividing the main section of the home page into three key areas:
• Highlights provides information to help aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners start and grow their businesses.
• Upcoming Events features national seminars and conference that offer business education and networking opportunities. Information also is available about how to attend SCORE and HP Business Matchmaking or Disaster Preparedness Workshops.
• Featured Content organizes information by subject, such as starting, growing and managing a business, and by community, including women, minority and young entrepreneurs.
For more information call (800) 634-0245 or visit www.score.org.